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Sweet Home: Over 100 Heritage Desserts and Ideas for Preserving Family Recipes Hardcover – April 16, 2012
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One of the strongest ties a family shares is food: the traditional dishes, the ritualistic preparation, the celebratory table, and the personal conversations exchanged over meals. With the recipes in this book, I hope to inspire you to explore your own history through recipes and record it for posterity. Through my own explorations, I've learned there are many ways to preserve family ties. There need not always be the perfect photo album documenting each and every event. Instead, a favorite tangible item, say a kitchen tool or apron, artfully displayed may provide more memories than a photo. The chapter "Preserving," will give you ideas for tracing and documenting your own family history. "Celebrating" shares ideas for holidays, birthdays, and more. This chapter, packed with ideas for fun and easy dessert presentations, encourages you to recreate or carry on traditions so they may become a part of future generations' celebrations. There are several simple craft ideas for meaningful decorations that, when handed down, will carry with them fond memories and nostalgic reflections. "Giving" includes tried and trusted recipes that are great for gift giving plus inventive ideas for wrapping, packaging, and sending sweets. I truly believe handmade presents embody the essence of giving, and continuing or creating the tradition of gifting homemade baked goods is a special way to share recipes. In "Creating" I encourage you to start your own traditions. You need not come from a recipe-rich family or historically significant clan to make history. Your recipes reveal a lot about you. Share them, store them, record them.
Top Customer Reviews
"Sweet Home" is a wonderful variety of desserts to please everyone. I recently received my copy of the book and have already tried "Mom's Banana Cake" on p.36. As described, the addition of oatmeal to the cake gives it an "almost nutty texture" which is delightful.
My family is now anxiously awaiting our next adventure -- making the "Kids' Favorite Bunny Cake" which appears on p. 75. I am sure it will "wow" our Easter guests.
"Sweet Home" is not only a good source of delicious dessert recipes, but the stories that go along with each recipe are highly entertaining and make you want to meet each character in person.
The Cinnamon Roll Recipe is a golden gem - mainly because you can use it if you have a bread machine to prepare the dough making the prep super easy! Made them, shared them with family, and everyone loved them! A great book!
I grew up with a Swedish mother that loved to fix crisscross coffeecakes. She titled them Swedish. She made them for bake sales and even baked them and delivered them to her ortho doctor to pay her surgery bill. She was a retired registered nurse with no health insurance. They were even titled B's coffeecakes. This last week I made them for the church coffee and used Rebecca.s suggestion for Marmalade/apricot mix preserves with a pinch of nutmeg. Was that fantastic and they were a hit.
Boy was I surprised to see the illustrated recipe for these crisscross coffeecakes in this cookbook with other scandinavian treats.
Last night I just paged through it in amazement of how many recipes that interested me that I would fix and the variety that interested me..
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book is even better than I imagined. Great pictures and recipes. You will really enjoy it!! Great packaging also.Published 19 months ago by Blondie
I've baked several recipes from this book and they've all turned out very close to the expected results. Read morePublished 24 months ago by allisonstabile
Easy Recipes to follow and has easy to find ingredients...I've made one cake and it turned out really nice...So all in all I'd say a great purchase.Published on October 2, 2013 by Shoegal3